Justice Dept. review finds pattern of racial bias among Ferguson police

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The Justice Department will issue findings this week that accuse the Ferguson, Mo. police department of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of citizens, including by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause and using excessive force, officials said. The Washington Post – By Sari Horwitz In hundreds of interviews and in a sweeping review of ... Read More »

Why the silence of the left on anti-Semitism?

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On  February 15, 38-year-old volunteer security guard Dan Uzan was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration. A month earlier, a gunman executed four customers at a kosher grocery store in Paris. The Age – Nick Dyrenfurth * In May 2014, a gunman killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In 2012, a gunman ... Read More »

Mo Ibrahim prize: Namibia President Pohamba gets $5m award

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BBC - The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office. But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed. Mr ... Read More »

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in Dhaka The Guardian - Agence France-Presse A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. The body ... Read More »

Major Muslim Anti-Terrorism Conference Calls For Reform In Practice Of Islamic Law

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AP The Huffington Post RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An anti-terrorism conference in Saudi Arabia attended by Muslim clerics from around the world has ended with leaders calling for reform in religious studies to promote moderation and tolerance. The final communique from the conference, titled “Islam and the Fight against Terrorism”, also called for “comprehensive reform” in the way Islamic law ... Read More »

Blackburn MP Jack Straw is honoured by the Turkish government

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Jack Straw has been given one of Turkey’s highest awards for being ‘a politician who approaches the Islamic world and Muslim societies with sincerity and friendship’. Lancashire Telegraph – by Bill Jacobs, Local government reporter He flew to Turkish capital Ankara to receive the country’s highest order available to individuals who are not heads of state. The citation for the Order ... Read More »

Prince Philip a knight for fortnight before PM revealed captain’s call

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PRINCE Philip was legally a knight for more than a fortnight before Tony Abbott revealed his captain’s call to the country on Australia Day. The Australian – AAP The Prime Minister’s office first sought advice about giving the Queen’s husband a knighthood in November 2014, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet officials confirmed on Monday. They also revealed the Letters ... Read More »

Norway’s Muslims and Jews link up to denounce extremist violence

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Muslims attend peace vigil in Oslo in solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in nearby Denmark The Guardian – Agence France-Presse Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free-speech seminar. As the mainly elderly Jewish congregation filed out ... Read More »

It’s time drugs were treated as a health problem

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Despite the wonderful outpouring from across Australia towards the two members of the Bali nine who face possible execution by firing squad, some Australians are quite openly saying they deserve it and their deaths are as nothing to those that would have been caused among innocent victims had the heroin made it to Oz. The Sydney Morning Herald – Peter FitzSimons ... Read More »